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Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

Power: FG targets additional 1,129MW in 2018

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By Musa Adamu

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fahola, has hinted of additnal 1,129mw of electricity from various sources to the national grid in 2018.
He revealed this against the background of continues under-utilisation of electricity production due to lack of information on what is needed and at what location.
He lamented that while the nation’s generation capacity hit 7000mw, only 5000mw was able to be utilised even as many Nigerians still cry of lack of lower.
To get ready for the impending inflow of the additional megawatts therefore, he said the nation’s operators must work to identify where the product was needed and can be paid for.
He said they must get the leftover 2,000 MW out to the people who needed it, because more power was coming in 2018.
He said, the nation was expecting 450mw from Azura, 10mw from Katsina wind; 115mw from Gbarain, 40mw from Kashimbilla, 240mw from Afam III, 30mw from Gurara, 29mw from Dadin Kowa, and 215mw from Kaduna.
He said, this was beside mini-grids and solar systems that were in various stages of development.
He said, Nigeria electricity power supply had moved from lack of power to inability to locate where the power was needed.
Fashola was speaking at the 22nd monthly power sector operators meeting, in Lokoja, Kogi state.
He said there was urgent need to bridge the gulf between the location of the need and the location of supply.
He said: “We must act to build the bridge that connects this gulf of supply and demand.That bridge is a bridge of data and information about finding the location of the businesses and industries that need power and getting the 2,000 MW that is waiting for deployment to them.”
He informed that he had since begun acting on the challenge by taking the first steps towards collecting the data.
He said he had intimated the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Organisation on the need to meet with them to identify the location of their members who need power and do not have it and determine the quality and power rating of their equipment as the basis for an energy audit that tells us what each business or manufacturer needs and what the estate or industrial cluster will need.
He said the meeting would set out to identify the closest connection point to the company from they can be connected to part of that unused 2000 MW power and to determine the cost of the upgrade and equipment and how it can be financed on a win-win basis between the Genco – Disco and the factory or cluster.
“This is the action that my team and I are convinced is necessary to connect supply with demand.
We want to supply power, but everybody must help us by letting us know where they are, especially the big consumers. This is what the eligible customer seeks to do.”
Reviewing the preceding month, Fashola said reports and feedback confirmed that “we have surpassed not only our peak of grid supply during the rains, we have surpassed Nigeria’s highest ever peak grid supply.
“As at Tuesday 5th of December 2017, the peak supply reached5,019 MW, which was below the5,074 MW we achieved in January 2016.
“However, on Friday 8th December, 2017, grid supplied power peaked at an all-time high of 5,155 MW, over the January 2016 figure of5,074 MW.”
He said it was a major milestone in “our journey of incremental power and if we keep our feet on the ground and we remain focused and unexcited, we will improve on it, and hopefully get to the second leg of our journey which is steady power.”

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